People often say, “it’s okay to not be okay.” but seldom know what to do when the answer is, “I’m not okay.”
The truth is, there’s still so little knowledge of mental illness unless you yourself have walked that path, as well.
When a person who suffers from mental illness admits they’re not okay, this is a big deal, because it takes a lot to get to the point of not lying through your teeth.
You see, the truth fucking hurts. So when little slivers of your true emotion come out, people can have adverse reactions to what you’d originally anticipated.
I’m talking anger, denial, and worst of all, sadness and guilt.
These are not what someone with mental illness need when they decide to open up, because it’s one of the hardest things to do in the world. But more truth, they’re normal reactions.
I think when people reach out to another they must be fully aware that what they’re about to hear, could very well crush them.
I’ve seen it firsthand. The look of devastation as I reveal my true thoughts and feelings – it absolutely obliterates my sense of self worth.
Perhaps this is because I realise how truly fucked up I am.